Getting Into The Spirit

It is bright winter day here in Charlotte. A nutty guy is jogging out my window without a shirt. The local classical radio station is playing classical Christmas music, and I even went to the Mall, albeit it when it was just opening before the crowds arrived. Going to the Lego’s store brings out the kid in me, and I almost bought myself a present, but fortunately Suzy was there with me to calm me down, especially when we were in The Container Store which is full of gadgets and knick nacks I don’t need.

I miss my last minute Christmas Eve, shopping which was more of stopping in the local stores of Little Rock for a glass of egg nog and wishing all my friends who owned local stores, Merry Christmas. Next on my list will be to wrap the presents for Suzy when she goes away for a Christmas lunch with friends. Several years ago, we agreed there was really nothing either of us needed so we both agreed to limit gifts to each other to something fun, unexpected, and inexpensive. We have both learned that there is something freeing about not having much. Expectations are not all they are cut out to be. Witness my grandkids enjoying the wrapping and empty boxes more than what was inside of them.

My granddaughter Lila is spending the night with us tonight and tomorrow. Next project is to bake cookies. If anything gets me in the spirit of the season it’s baking cookies ( and nibbling on a few.) What is your favorite Advent activity that warms your heart?

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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